20 Feb 2019

Traffic Lights

I wasn't going to draw this. I planned on taking a few minutes of my day to get out of email debt or maybe network socially. I checked my messages but then put it away. I reached for my sketchbook instead and drew what was in front of me. I guess that is the nature of the process. I don't have a drawing ability that I was born with. Any skill that I have, has been practiced for years. I suppose that I draw as much as some other people use their phones, and that, really could be the secret.

11 Feb 2019

Hibiscus

Yeah, I know we need to finish building that fence! When we were buying some more nails though, we decided to hide for a while in the garden section of the hardware store. It had coffee and cake!

27 Jan 2019

Otago Chambers

Where's the Otago Chambers? 800 kilometres away in Taranaki, of course!

20 Jan 2019

Baby Blood

Apparently, I have baby blood. That's what the nurse said when I was donating blood. It turns out that it wasn't an Arnold Schwarzenegger type of insult. Mine just happens to fit the uncommon criteria if a new born baby needs a blood transfusion. Afterwards, I had a cuppa and sketched the other donors.

30 Dec 2018

Huatoki eels

I decided that I wasn't done with the Huatoki Plaza so I did a watercolour sketch of the people feeding the eels that live the Huatoki stream. Most people that cross the pedestrian bridge like to stop and have a look over the edge to see how huge and freaky these things are looking today.
(The 2nd half of the video looks a bit strange with the walkway and the sky reflection; it's like the eels are in the sky or something.)

29 Nov 2018

Huatoki Plaza

Huatoki Plaza was a retail building that was removed to expose the covered stream beneath it. New Plymouth made a reasonably boring urban space for people to ignore. One day, an artist put up a paste-up image of a face to try to make it better. It probably did because these days, the Plaza has several artists' work on various buildings that face it. I've sketched one of the buildings a few times and currently has artwork by Phil 'Suspect' Jones. His studio is actually in the Plaza and his murals are all around town.

27 Nov 2018

California Dreamin

Sea Lions snoozing at La Jolla near San Diego

San Diego Zoo

San Diego zoo

San Jose - Apple HQ Silicon Valley

Ford Trimotor San Diego Air & Space Museum

Outside Fort Hunter Liggett Army Base between San Francisco & LA

Bronze 'Top Men' hauling in the sheets - Dana Point

One of Rodin's 'Thinker's' - Stanford  University Palo Alto

14 Nov 2018

Rainy Villa


On a covered deck in the rain I got a cold that lasted a week. Now, the sun's back and so am I.

3 Nov 2018

Salmon Building

I only see this place in winter even though it's painted a bright salmon orange. The plants and moss growing on the side of it camouflage it into the fresh spring leaves. I did this one in September and the building's already starting to disappear among the trees.

22 Oct 2018

Waitara Whitebait

Whitebait fishing means lots of big nets and tiny fish. It sounds like cheating if you say it that way.